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every c-span program since 1987. it is the latest get from cable to america.>> earlier today, gon announced parliamentary elections will be may 6. his labor party is in a tight race against the conservatives. in the british system of prime minister traditionally meets with the queen to request an election. he did that this morning. >> it will come as no surprise. it is probably the least well- kept secret of recent years. the queen has kindly agreed to the distribution of parliament. the general election will take place may 6. i come from an ordinary, middle- class family. i know where i come from, and will never forget the values of
doing the right thing, doing your right things, that my parents instilled in me. over the last few months, this government has been facing the biggest world recession to fight on behalf of hard-working families of middle and modest income. over the next few weeks of will go over our country and i will take two people. britain is on the road to recovery. nothing that we do should put their recovery at risk. there will be many big challenges and decisions to make over the next few months. get the big decisions right as we did in the last 18 months -- and jobs, prosperity and better
standards of living will result. get them wrong and the lives of hundreds of thousands of people will be diminished as a result. our economy is now moving forward. unemployment has not been falling, but a government that does not care to and from it plans to help them will see unemployment rise faster begin. small businesses are beginning to grow, but a double-dip recession will take thousands of them. that is why i'm asking the british people for a clear and straightforward mandate to continue the urgent and hard work of securing the recovery, building industry for the future, and creating 1 million skilled jobs over the next five years.
i'm asking the british people that as we cut the deficit by half over the next four years to pay attention to reductions in public expenditures. we will maintain and improve from one public services, police, schools. i want to give a direct guarantee to every single citizen of written that when you need help, [unintelligible] when you need tuition for school, these public services will be there directly guaranteed to you as an individual citizen when you need them. we will not allow 13 years of investment and reform and public services to build up the future of these great services to be put a risk. during the next few weeks we'll keep in mind and heart the work
of courage done by soldiers and armed forces in afghanistan. we will support the men everyway and the fight against terrorism. i have one final mandate to ask the british people. it is a mandate to improve public trust in our democracy and in our public life. politics have been star by recent events. and the next few days of will put forth a comprehensive plans of the people of this country can be sure that there is [unintelligible] being pursued in our country at every stage. i want us to renew contact between the people and those whom they are sworn to serve. i'm not a i'mof one.
as everyone can see, i am one of a team. dealing with energy, substance, and is, [unintelligible] and the second decade of the still-new century. we will fight for fairness all the time. the picture is within our grasp, a future fare for all. now let's go to. thank you very much. >> prime minister gordon brown this morning at no. 10 downing street announces british elections will take place on may 6. meanwhile, david cameron responded. he outlines the themes of his
conservative party's campaign during this 10-minute address. [applause] >> hi, george. good to see you. [applause] helen? there you are. thank you. thank you for coming together today. let me tell you what i think this election is all about. it is about the future of our economy, about the future of our society, but the future of our country. it is the most important general election for a generation. it comes down to this -- you do not have to put up with another
five years of gordon brown. [cheers] [applause] there is today a modern, a conservative alternative that has got the leadership, the energy, the values to get this country moving. if you vote conservative, you are voting for hope, for optimism, for change. you are voting for the fresh start this country, our country so badly needs. do not let anybody tell you that there is no real choice at this election. there is a real choice. it is not just five more years of gordon brown. when it comes to our economy there is a real choice. there is the labor way of more debt and taxes and more waste, or there is the conservative way
of wayno, we've got to stop the waste. to stop the job tax that will wreck the recovery. look at what has happened the last few weeks. leaders of some of britain's biggest, most successful businesses say that when it comes to getting the recovery going, it is the conservatives got right and labour who has gotten it wrong. labor is saying, we want to go on wasting your money, then we will put up your taxes. we say no, every family and the country has had to make savings. so has every business. why should government be any different? there is real choice when it comes to the future of our society. we had 13 years of labor is big government and it is making our social problems worse. did we had 13 years of labor's big government. the poorest have gotten poorer.
there are still too many failing schools. it is time for change. let's savor the social enterprises and charities that have great ideas. let's tell people who have a passion for education that you can begin the great school and give children a better chance. let's say to the young man on welfare, we will help you and give you turning, but if you do not take the job on offer you cannot go want with a life on benefits. there is a big choice when it comes to the future of public services. there is the labor way -- more bureaucracy, paperwork, processes, endless targets, or the modern conservative alternative. tell the teachers, nurses, you love your vacation and we want to set you free. there are real choices with this election. -- you love your vocation.
do not let anyone tell you that real change will not have them. if we win, there will be real change. i want to tell you why i'm fighting for this election. it is the people i call the great ignorers. they be black, white, living in the town or country, work hard, said up businesses, teach children, and keeps street say, of the law, pay taxes, do the right things. they are the honest, hard- working people of the country. they and desperate to know that in the great country we can still achieve great things. let this campaign be about inspiring them again the real change can take place. let's think of the mother who wants a good school for her child, but the system will not provide it. let's think of the business with a great idea, held back by red tape and taxes.
let's think of the social enterprise, a great idea for attacking poverty, but the system and bureaucracy will not let it. let's think of the pensioners who want dignity and security. who wants to leave his home to his children and grandchildren, not sell it to pay for his care. let's win it for all of them. think of the soldiers returning to our country. they want to know not only the society cares about them, but that the government will always look after them. [applause] [cheers] >> i know there can be real change if we win the election because our plans will be exciting, radical. not just a new set of policies,
a new set of politicians, but a whole different way of doing things in our country. let's be frank. look at the economy. we have had the biggest boom and bust for a generation. we need a whole new economic model. look at the problems in society. we need a whole big change. not just asking what can government do for me, but what can we all do together to make society stronger? [applause] and look at the mess of the political system. it is not just the shame of expenses, but the whole top- down on a bus, do as you're told, take what you are given, and just put up with this system that has to change. we know that this should be about people power. we know that politicians should
be accountable to people. not the other way around. as soon as we get and we'll shake things up. we will cut the house of commons' size. we will cut the pay of ministers in freezer. we will cut the bureaucracies that have gotten out of control. make people feel proud again about the building. thinking yes, it is my parliament, government, and it answers to me, not the other way around. that is the change we will bring. [applause] and do not let anyone say, you just have to put up with what we have got. lever will say, stick with the devil you know -- we know what labor will say -- the lot not be
any better. frankly, we could not be worse. do not think like that. where is it written that we have to put up with more debt and waste. where is it written that we cannot deal with the problems of anti-social behavior? that we cannot have the best state schools in the whole world? we're one of the richest countries in the world and deserve better. we must tell people, do not just put up with what you have. do not just ask for better for your politicians. demand that you get better. that is what we offer at this election. as we go out on this campaign, i want everyone to say to the people of the country that there is a modern, conservative alternative that is about voting for hope, optimism, for change. this country deserves some much better than five more years of gordon brown, and that is what
we must offer. let's get out there and say, let us get off this road to ruin, and instead get on the path to prosperity and progress. let's fight for what we believe in, take the case to the people of this country about hope, optimism, and change. let's win this election for the good of the country we love. thank you. [applause] >> david cameron from earlier to date after prime minister gordon brown announced elections taking place on may 6. reuters rights that with the exception of the lens of victory of labor in 1997, the party has secured more than a 5% swing since 1950. they would require a 6.9% to secure not right when -- that is the labor party. we will have more tonight. we will simulcast that here on c-span at 5:30 p.m.
tomorrow morning it will be the last questions before the election. live coverage will begin at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span2. today, defense secretary robert gates will brief reporters about the nuclear policy review for the next 10 years. the pentagon and other agencies have been working on it for the past year. there will be joined by an admirable in come the secretary clinton, and others. -- by admiral mullen and others. >> all this month, see the video documentary winners. middle school students from 45 states submitted videos on the restraints or challenges of our country. what should just before "washington journal." and meet the students who made them, and for a preview of all winners, this is the website.
now a conference on media regulation and the first a moment. we will hear discussions on new technology. the bar association hosted the event. it is one hour, 15 minutes. >> good afternoon. i am was president, executive director of the first amendment center. we're pleased to present a program today i think is extremely significant. welcome to the conference center at the newseum. on behalf of my colleagues,
welcome to this building. we hope this and other conferences will engender discussion, and perhaps solutions concerning all five of freedoms and effect today. the topic today is the news media. the freedom forum is non- partisan, founded in 1935. it is the principal founder and builder of the newseum here in washington. there are three initiatives. the diversity institute is the third, concern about training individuals and encouraging diversity in newsrooms across the country, in all forms of media. it is particularly appropriate to have this today because the newseum is not just about the past or present of a free press, but the future of its. that is what we hope to do here,
to have the public, interested parties, journalists and others, makes talk, argue, raised once with each other civilly, and look at this challenging and confusing future we have. we're glad to have you. we're glad to have you here and i look forward to engagement. engagement. it is the first amendment cen your questions. for those of you might have any outstanding warrants or other issues, we are televising and taping today's event. out of experience, join me in shutting off yourself loans. -- said it is -- shutting off yourself loans. -- shutting off your cell pho
nes. let me bring to the microphone robert pettit who is head of the federal communications bar. >> to thank you. let me add my welcome and offer some things before it started. particularly, thanks to the newseum and the freedom forum. i cannot tell you how happy we are to be here in this magnificent space. let me think feet -- let me thank the mass media committee. please join me in thanking them for this great program. it does look to be an excellent program and i do want to get right into it. i do hope this becomes an annual
event, to focus on health and future of the first amendment. i think i can pledge to the fcba during my tenure to plan for that and hopefully we can make that happen. as you see from your schedule, we have three panels today. it is an absolutely incredible line up and we are pleased to have for a moderator today, stuart benjamin, a visiting scholar at the fcc. robert cochran and glenn robinson, a former fcc commissioner and professor of law emeritus at the university of virginia. i cannot say enough how pleased we are to present this program in conjunction with the freedom forum and the aba forum committee.
it is one of at least three events we're doing this spring. the next one is coming up at the nab convention. i cannot go to one of these events with out offering in small commercial -- and many of you are members of the fcba, and for those of you who are not, i would ask you to come to know the joys of membership which includes substantial discounts to programs like this. we aim to be an association of ideas and member service. there are brochures in. please check us out there or on line. with that, let's get into our first panel -- technologies and freedom. what are the implications of the evolving media environment. i will turn over to stuart
benjamin. [applause] >> are we all here? i'm going to keep the introductions short and not even terribly sweet, because i think everybody here knows the people on the panel. on the off chance that you don't, joe waz from comcast, link hoewing from verizon and gigi sohn -- ellen davidson will be year, he had his link to the government -- he and his link to the conference blocked by the chinese government, but he will be here shortly. we a later panel that will be talking more specifically about
first amendment issues. when we talk on the phone a couple of days ago, we thought might be interesting thing not to have opening statements from all of them, but just to jump into a discussion initially among the panelists and then soon enough, we will bring everybody in silicon have an interesting interchange. a lot of the basics people can say, you already know, so we hope to die than at an interesting level from the get go. let me start with first right now and then i will sit down. since none of them expressed any interest in which jordan would go and come i will start from this side -- which order they would go and, i will start from this side. what new or emerging technologies for development are challenging our existing regulatory policy paradigms'?
i want the speaker to identify one or two things that have already happened or is clearly on the horizon, not something fanciful. something clearly coming that might change the regulatory world as we know it. then we could have some discussion about what we think is the likely significance of those changes. but with that as a wine that, i will sit down. >> thank you. thank you for having us here today. i'm going to talk about a technological change that has been with us since 1996, but because it continues to change, i think the implications for telecommunications policy going forward continues to be more relevant. that is something called doxis 3.0. it sends word data over cable -- it stands for a debt over cable.
it is the way cable companies figured out in the 1990's to get high-speed data over cable at a time when no one, including intel, said the stuff would never work, famously at a company van in idaho. it's the way cable helped to drive broadband in the united states. since we used it to bring the speed to america, we are now at 3.0 to deliver 50 megabit speeds and 100 is coming soon. to give you more information, i ask elizabeth to hand out a glossy brochure. this is something we customarily do, i think will give you an idea of how dynamic is and gives me a promise for describing how i think it is going to change
things. this involves taking multiple cable channels and this is because our legacy as s a television provider and we tend to slice of the bandwidth into 6 mhz slices. historically, all of high-speed internet services we have been providing on comcast or whoever your cable and high-speed internet provider might be has been done in the space of a single 6 mhz channel. it's the traditional single analog television channel. as we move into the digital era and a digital transmission by broadcasting has moved forward and cables own digital transition moves forward, we are able to take more of those 6 mhz slices and use them much more efficiently than to carry a single analog channel. so this is channel bonding.